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In the 6th weekly giveaway of Android books, Android Police has partnered with yet another great publishing company that I'm sure everyone has heard of before - For Dummies. Don't worry, O'Reilly and informIT fans, we'll continue giving out their books as well, switching between all 3 companies as we go along.

Android Application Development For Dummies

Today, we're giving away Android Application Development For Dummies, published in December 2010, and, as usual, we're asking for nothing but a minute of your time in return.

As you may have picked up from the title, this book is geared at those just looking to get into Android development. Starting from the basics, you will learn how to set up and use the Android SDK and the Eclipse IDE, and start blasting through the Android paradigms and coding examples. You will quickly figure out how to interact with databases, program for multiple screens, debug, and publish your applications, and a whole lot more.

Here's the official description:

The fun and friendly guide to creating applications on the Android platform

The popularity of the Android market is soaring with no sign of slowing down. The open nature of the Android OS offers programmers the freedom to access the platform's capabilities and this straightforward guide walks you through the steps for creating amazing Android applications. Android programming expert Donn Felker explains how to download the SDK, get Eclipse up and running, code Android applications, and submit your finished products to the Android Market. Featuring two sample programs, this introductory book explores everything from the simple basics to more advanced aspects of the Android platform.

  • Takes you soup through nuts of developing applications for the Android platform
  • Begins with downloading the SDK, then explains how to code Android applications and submit projects to the Android Market
  • Written by Android guru Donn Felker, who breaks every aspect of developing applications for the Android platform into easily digestible pieces

No matter your level of programming experience, Android Application Development For Dummies is an ideal guide for getting started with developing applications for the Android platform.

  • Welcome to Android — learn what makes a great Android app, how to use the SDK, ways to work with mobile screens, and how the development process works

  • Make users happy — find out how to design an interface that mobile users will love

  • Learn the code — work with the activity lifecycle and Android framework classes, use the Eclipse debugger, and create a home screen widget for your app

  • Beyond the basics — take your skills up a notch with apps that involve SQLite databases and multiple screens

  • Price and publish — pick the right price for your app and get it into the Android Market

Open the book and find:

  • Cool ways to use the accelerometer in your app

  • How to turn mobile limitations into opportunities

  • Tips on installing and setting up the tools

  • Step-by-step coding directions

  • Ways to make your apps more marketable

  • How to create really useful menus

  • Advice on app pricing

  • Ten great sample apps and SDKs, including code

Learn to:

  • Create apps for hot smartphones like Droid X, Galaxy S, and MyTouch

  • Download the SDK and get Eclipse up and running

  • Code Android applications

  • Submit your apps to the Android Market

For even more info, visit the Amazon product page, where you can take a peek at the book's contents, reviews, and its stellar 4.3-star rating. Android Application Development For Dummies retails for $29.99 but is currently on sale for $17.61.

How to Win

This contest is now over. We have selected the winners - see if you are one of them here.

To enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment below telling us why we should pick you to be one of the 3 winners. Be creative and original as this winners in this giveaway will be selected based on merit, rather than at random.

The winners will be selected by the joint Android Police/For Dummies panel after July 29th 11:59 p.m. PT. Be sure to use your real email in your comment, as that's what we'll be using to contact the winner.

Oh, and we try to fight for this every time we do a giveaway, so I'm happy to report that this contest is open to anyone in the world!

Good luck, and may the best aspiring developer win!

Artem Russakovskii
Artem is a die-hard Android fan, passionate tech blogger, obsessive-compulsive editor, bug hunting programmer, and the founder of Android Police.
Most of the time, you will find Artem either hacking away at code or thinking of the next 15 blog posts.

  • Scuff

    I need this! I'm a n00b and must learn this wonderfully fun language so I can help Google with their plans for world domination!! (insert evil laugh here)

  • David

    I'm starting to learn android at the moment, working right now at my second app.

  • http://www.capabilitiesinc.biz Justin

    Because I can use this for work, and I can get a raise if I do something cool with it... I like money...

  • Robert Grady

    Because I am a dummy and love positive reinforcement.

  • Anacche

    Actually I don't want it, but it's been a funny time reading all the comments :-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/haseeb.shaikh7 Haseeb

    I would like to win this book because I do not know how to develop an app, but i would love to learn it and start developing some apps to improve the android market.

  • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com Cody Toombs

    I'm working with a small team on a project that's about to be open sourced. I've been elected/volunteered to build a full android client to work with the software. It would be great to have a book delivered to my door that doesn't come out of pocket ;) Hope to win! Really glad you're doing something to help the community!

  • McKooter

    I have been trying to learn for a while now. Have another book but was waiting for this one. Plan on getting one either way, but if you wanted to hook me up I wouldn't mind...

  • Aseem Mishra

    My name is Aseem Mishra,I have won young engineer of britain twice and represented the UK at ISEF, you might have heard me as I invented "Drum Trousers". Google "BBC drumjeans" or I was even on Gizmodo, CNET and Engadget, or visit my youtube channel at http://www.youtube.com/rndstuff123. I have some great ideas for android apps with which i would integrate my drum trousers, so they could be truly portable. However i currently dont know any programming so this book seems perfect for me. In addition to that I have invented Drum Lights(On my channel aswell) and Drum Trousers so I think i have shown I dont give up and have a passion for this , so i believe you can be assured that the book will not go to waste!

  • Al-Getlawi

    Well, I'm a Libyan IT guy. I love android os. Would like to learn how to make good apps as I'm interested in that. Also, I could raise some money to help my people who are living in a very bad conditions because of the war in Libya.

  • Al-Getlawi

    Well, I'm a Libyan IT guy. I love android os. Would like to learn how to make good apps as I'm interested in that. Also, I could raise some money to help my people who are living in a very bad conditions

  • Al-Getlawi

    Well, I'm a Libyan IT guy. I love android os. Would like to learn how to make good apps so, I could raise some money to help my people who are living in a very bad conditions

  • Al-Getlawi

    Well, I'm a Libyan IT guy. Would like to learn how to make good apps so, I could raise some money to help my people who are living in a very bad conditions

  • Crilton

    This would be my first step into the wonderful world of android app programming!

  • Eph

    It is time I stopped playing on my tablet and start creating some usefulness apps!!!

  • Sand Robot

    because it's summer, it's hot outside, and I need to do something to keep busy inside so I don't go outside and die of heat :)

    Also, because the world always needs more great Android apps. I love contests like these. I hope that whoever wins is able to make their Android app idea a reality.

  • James Foster

    I wish to start a new hobbie and hopefully a retirement project. I began programing simple DOS programs and such back in the 80's on mytandy 100 and 286 machine. Work and patience went by the board and lost touch with it. Have recently purchased a Droid X2 and feel an interest regrowing. The book looks interesting and will hopefully springboard me into creating new Apps of all kinds to keep me busy, and perchance give back something to the human race. If only a wee bit. Thank you for even alittle consideration.

  • Munszu

    I've bought this book a few months back, together with Sam's Android App Development in 24 hours from Amazon. I can only recommend both books, they're great to start learning about development on the Android platform.

  • Bortron 2400

    I think I could be good at apparently development but I need a book to learn.

  • drink2mny

    I have an idea for an app that supports all Military folks. Thought of it while I am deployed overseas. I have already downloaded the google inveter, but can't be online all day to try it out. Our connection is slow. I have been researching to even pay someone to build this App for me., but am scared of them taking the idea and me losing out on helping fellow Military folks..

    So that is why I would love to win this book.

  • http://farbs.blogspot.com Mason Farber

    I've been an android user for 3 months now and I would really love to get more involved in the android scene. I'm leaving for college in a month and will be having a lot of extra free time, and I could use this time to develop some cool apps and who knows maybe if the apps are good enough I could create some revenue and use that to help pay for college. I'm really just looking for a good way to get more involved in the awesomeness of android.

  • https://plus.google.com/101000980797585138114 Andrew Buell

    I am going into the Computer Science field and by October of this year my class requires me to make an Android app, iOS app,Windows mobile 7, and possibly WebOS. I could really use this book because the Barnes and Noble and Borders near me have all closed.

  • rajaspidey

    cz i have lotta ideas to create innovative apps but dunno how to create it :)

  • NikiSk

    I am just a student, which is using the summer vacation to try learn to program for Android. I am still pretty new and in the university this semester we studied a bit of Java, so it will be nice to have a book around me as an aditional source of information besides developer.android.com.

  • Adam Grzegorczyk

    Because i intend to write a paper on Android aplications formy university, so a book about that would be mighty usefull:) that and it would be fun to write a little web based rpg for android:)

  • mjam

    I picked up webdesign and graphic design as a hobby. I enjoy using my imagination to turn something out of nothing. Now I want to create mobile apps. Of course I didn't want to start developing for the i*hone (for the many obvious reasons). I want to develop for android, but couldn't follow the online tutorials. This book would really help me out. I have a lot of ideas, and I tried more than once, but to no avail.

    So...please pick me :)!

  • http://www.about.me/eokeke okeke emmanuel

    I want to win the book because currently i'm a blackberry developer in Nigeria; and going by trends i see that the next most viable platform for developers especially in Africa is the Android platform. I see this as a means to get the kickstart into android development.

  • Tim Marshall

    I'd love to win a copy so I could jump back into programming after 10 years working in special education - I'd love to develop educational games for kids with special needs to play on tablets

  • ErOR

    I know that if I can get a good strong foot into Android programming I can achieve my goals. I'm no programmer but I do have the skills needed and all I need is a strong start with proper technique. My goals are not to make money and such but to further my knowledge and actually make useful programs.

    Being a student I don't have money to splash on books I don't really need but if I had a chance to learn I know I will put a good amount of effort into it. And who knows, it might actually take me down a better path.

  • http://www.debernardis.it Ernesto

    I'd like to get this book because I've been thinking for quite a long time to write my medical app to explore the Pubmed/Medline database in new and original ways. Thing is, I'm a total dummy, so I need some help! The book would come handy to start, and I would be pushed to overcome my oceanic laziness! Because, you see, I'm lazy but curious; and curious, but lazy :)

  • Daniel Slaven

    It would be awesome to teach my kids android development. Pass the skill to the next generation and the future of android development. With the steady growth of androids and technology it would a great starter for the kids

  • rell harris

    I would love to have this book, everything about Android is top notch. I'm not a developer, but who knows with this book I think I can make some good useful apps. With all the crappy apps out there I know I can make some better and more useful apps that Android users find very necessary to our Android driven lives.

  • Cole Dowden

    I would love to get a hold of this book. I've used the "for Dummies" series before and taught myself web coding and other things. I have always wanted to dive into Android game development. PLEASE PICK ME!!!

  • Dave Meall

    because i work hard at trying to learn the basis of the android system and unfortunately cant understand a lot when trying to talk to people due to their covert terms they tend to never want to explain.

  • Stu Alsford

    I'm so retarded I can't even hold a wake lock on my app. Need book help...

  • Adam Booth

    I'd change the world. One app at a time.

  • Warner

    You should pick me because I just did proposed to my girlfriend using the Android App that I made. It's a quiz app and on the last part of the question it says "Will You Marry Me [her name]..."
    The app is very very simple and I want that Android App development for Dummies book so I can explore more about android development.

  • Carlos J

    I would love to win because I would love to prove that even a dummy like me can produce a useful free app that others can enjoy...I have ideas...now all I need is the technical now-how !!!

  • James W

    I am a grad student that needs to create applications for my MBA program and pretty much all of the other business related majors. I have taken it upon myself to try and accomplish this goal, but being a poor grad student....its not exactly working well without proper reading materials. This would be a wonderful treat so that i can help improve my school while learning more about my absolutely beloved android device.

  • Thomas Hobbs

    I am a Dummie, this book has been written for me. Would love to start writing applications for my favorite OS and start helping out the community.

  • Matt M

    Ive never programmed on Android before, ive learned C+ and VB but Android is becoming a huge staple in the market. This book would be a great start to a great OS. Id be more then grateful to win such a great learning tool.

  • Fosco

    I need this book because my bookshelf is full of poetry and shortstory compilation, I need something that make it look more serious.

  • Patrick G

    Been a MS Dev for 10+ years and now want to get in the mobile market... I don't see any future for WP7. The future is Android...

  • Ankit Dhingra

    Because I am a guy who is passionate about technology and a developer at heart, but still a dummy when it come to developing mobile applications! (Oh and btw I am a big fan of iOS vs Android and love the latter).
    This book is the most appropriate starting point for me.

    And of course I am destined for greatness ;)

  • http://hacklabproject.org DroniX Dev Team

    Because we are italian, because we hacked low level Android too much and we need to move to App level and develop some cool stuff, because it's summer and we need something to read and we don't wanna read Harry Potter's or Twilight's saga, because in the metro, here in Milan, everybody has a damn iPhone but we love our Android!

  • Angelos Savva

    I am a Java developer and now trying to learn programing with android using the SDK. I was looking for a book but was not sure which one to get and did not want to waste money on the wrong book.

    Appreciate it!

  • slocken

    Would love to get the initiative to push myself into programming for the Android. My current position as a computer programmer leaves me little time to step away and do something fun, like Android projects. Have a couple in mind to solve the national debt, no more hungry children in the United States and of course, world peace.

  • Darell Connor

    I am eager to jump into app development since I can see an exponential increase of use for my teaching career and for students as well as developing apps for the pharmacy I work for to help ensure safety in making all of those drugs.

  • Abhinav

    Because I am unlucky at winning my first android device, perhaps might actually started reading on how to develop apps. and be ready when I actually win/buy an android device :D
    Thanks for to AP for conducting these giveaways :)

  • Rhinocerous

    Always wanting the best for my kids, I've decided that glamorous and lucrative careers as an Android devs is the right path for them, but have two stumbling blocks. One is how to prepare them on the technical side - I work with Android devices on a daily basis but have less than rudimentary Android programming skills - so this book is just what I need to bring myself & my kids into the 22nd century! The other half of my problem is how to ensure that they won't abandon me as dinosaur cruft once they enter the jet-setting lifestyle that awaits accomplished Android developers. By using this book, I can ensure that I can hold my own against their technical chops, or at least write an app to track them as they travel the globe righting wrongs and creating apps to feed the minds & mouths of millions.

  • aj34

    My mom's 70th birthday is approaching and I would like to make her a custom android app for her phone. The app would display family pics and have a calendar with family b-days and events marked. I would LOVE to win this book so I can learn android quickly and make my mom a super cool birthday present that she will love! Thanks for the great contest!

  • srikanth

    Help one more talent to get necessary skills for developing andriod apps to make life easier...

  • SirWill

    Ok, I'm not some existing programmer. I did a LITTLE bit of coding work on WebOS. I've played with the Google Hello World demo, looked cool. Not sure WHAT I would program yet on Android. But I think I really want to learn. Who knows maybe I'll stumble on that here to yet undiscovered killer app!

  • Ben

    I need this book so I can program Go Naked in the Software pt II. Also, dev books are really expensive here in Australia!

  • Stefan

    I need this book so I can make an app that will actually work, and after I learned enough I'll start working in my free time for other developers, or if I get a [miracle, i mean a (brilliant)] idea, work for myself and in the end everyone.
    So actually that's another reason, so I can get inspiration for new apps.
    Another reason is to make apps that do things existing apps need payment for and release them on the market for or at least cheap, and if it's legally allowed of coarse, I don't know much about how copyrights really works on developing.

  • Bob McAllister

    To become an App development star.
    (1) Download and install Android-SDK. Whoo!
    (2) Get bunch of .apk files and study them. Ouch that hurts.
    (3) Ask really nicely for a copy of Android Application Development For Dummies to see how it is actually done.
    (4) No need for more.

  • Aravinda

    I dont know jack s**t about Android development, and would love to learn and contribute to the ever growing Android community.

  • Jay Keeley

    I've dabbled with iOS programming in the past, but really want to get into android programming to utilize the power of my X10. I'd love to make something useful for the readers of all of the android sites I follow!

  • Bob

    Having spent the past 6 years of my adult life doing mundane programming work in languages that have long been considered dead, I would love to pursue a new life as a freelance Android developer. Look at me now, Mom!

  • Chinmay

    I have started developing and want to learn the internals of Android, which of course I can learn from this book.
    So I have the biggest CLAIM!!!

  • Kiran Parmar

    I should win this "Android Application Development For Dummies" book because I haven't yet won anything in any of your giveaways!

  • Vezzini

    First of all, thank you very much for alerting me of the existence of this book - I've read a number of "...for dummies" books but I never knew there was one for Android development. I'd really love to win this book because for a long time, I've wished to learn how to develop apps. I have quite a number of ideas for unique apps I haven't yet seen in the app market but my student job doesn't pay enough to enable me to afford the services a professional app developer to feed my ideas to the little green robots. Winning this book would be an awesome boost for me, and you can be sure I'd put it to such good use you'll probably be writing about my apps by next year :) I'm always fascinated by how amazingly addictive certain apps are yet the idea behind many of them is very simple, and using such apps makes me wish I knew the magic of app development. Winning this book will go a long way in giving me some of those powers. That said, even if I don't win, I'm glad to have found out about the existence of this book, thanks to you guys. All the best, and thanks big time for your services to the droid empire.

  • MN Dharmaraj

    I want to develop something really unique once I have the hang of developing apps in Android,

  • Gerry Pascual

    Why should I win your book about Android?

    First, I want to know more about Android and doing apps in Android.

    Second, your book will guide me how to achieve the above item. If I don't win your book, then I should find another book.

    Last, I don't know how far can I go about Android with your book, but to use it is to believe it.

  • http://pharaohtechblog.blogspot.com Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)

    As a student of software engineering at a university, I'm very interested in making my own mobile apps.

    Unfortunately, the documentation for developers on Android is not the greatest in the world. Additionally, I have little to no familiarity with the Java language as it is now. I'd love to write Android apps for fun and maybe to make a little money on the side while in school.

    Most of my money goes towards school stuff, but perhaps making a few apps that people will find useful will get me a little extra money I can put towards things I really want to buy, like food, a Galaxy S II, or a Galaxy Tab 10.1 for me to use to read digital textbooks!

    I'm a huge fan of Android, and I really want to learn how to write apps for it. I think this book will help me learn how to do it, and do it well. I hope I am considered worthy enough to be one of the three to win this book.

  • BlackTX

    It must be best motivation to promise you to learn that all!

  • Leonard Peris

    There's no better way to pamper your Android phone than personally write an app for it (and eventually others) :D

  • Alinaitwe

    I'd love to win this book because I really wish to be able to develop cool Android apps that would be appreciated and loved by the Android community. I'm inspired by many awesome apps in the Android market and when I enjoy using them, I always wish I could create something as cool. I'm sure winning this book will inspire me to get cool ideas for apps, since I find ideas easier to come by when I have the resources to implement them. This book will give me the knowledge of app development, and that knowledge will give me the inspiration I need. Please give me the book!

  • Abhilekh

    This book is for me because after reading this book, I'll get the picture of Android architecture and develop some unusual apps. Oops, first I'll buy an Android phone.

  • aspiring android developer

    i really wanna win this book because i love creating stuff and these books for dummies are always wonderful guides. i really wanna learn how to create android apps, and even if i don't win one of the copies you're giving away, my desire to learn android app development will somehow drive me to a copy - deal alert - i just saw the digital version of this book FREE on the pirate bay, so even if i don't win, thanks for pointing me in the right direction.

  • Dan Bostan

    I am a HW guy looking for the easiest way to learn coding for Android.
    As you, the SW guys know, doing SW is harder than doing HW (pun intended), so, I am pleading for your merci and grant me one of the books.

  • Suhail Balasinnor

    I want to improve the UI of my application from the simple static form to something more stylish. I like to think this book will help :D

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